Five College Consortium

Master Musicians of Afr

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Black Studies
Course Number: 
214
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as BLST 214 [A] and MUSI 106) This course concentrates on the lives and music of selected West African musicians. Departing from ethnographic approaches that mask the identity of individual musicians and treat African societies as collectives, this course emphasizes the contributions of individual West African musicians whose stature as master musicians is undisputed within their respective communities. It examines the contributions of individual musicians to the ever continuous process of negotiating the boundaries of African musical practice. Individuals covered this semester include Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian drummer), Youssou N’Dour (Senegalese singer), Kandia Kouyate (Malian jelimuso) and Ephraim Amu (Ghanaian composer). The variety of artistic expressions of selected musicians also provides a basis for examining the interrelatedness of different African musical idioms, and the receptivity of African music to non-African styles.


Limited to 30 students. Spring semester.  Five College Professor Omojola.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
BLST-214-01,MUSI-106-01
Schedule #: 
BLST-214-01-1718S

Course Sections

Master Musicians of Afr
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Olabode Omojola oomojola@amherst.edu TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM ARMU 7